Jaylon Ferguson (Zachary, United States, December 14, 1995-Baltimore, Maryland, June 21, 2022), was an American football player who played in the position of outside linebacker. He played football at Louisiana Tech University, before being selected 85th overall by the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL) in the 2019 NFL Draft. He went on to play three seasons with the Ravens.
He attended West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville, Louisiana, where he played football and basketball for four years.
He redshirted his freshman year at Louisiana Tech in 2014. In 2015 he played in twelve games with five starts and recorded 35 tackles and six sacks. As a sophomore in 2016, he set the school record for sacks in a season with 14.5. As a junior in 2017, he had 38 tackles and seven sacks. He returned to Louisiana Tech for his senior year in 2018. During the season he broke the school record for career sacks and broke his own school record for sacks in a single season with 17.5. He became the NCAA FBS ace leader during the 2018 Hawaii Bowl, and was also named the winning team's MVP for that game.
In February 2019, the National Football League rescinded his invitation to attend the NFL Scouting Combine after uncovering his 2015 misdemeanor simple assault conviction.
Personal life and death
He had a son and two daughters with his fiancée, Doni Smith. He died in Baltimore on June 21, 2022, at age 26. Police said that while the death was "questionable," there were initially no signs of foul play or trauma. On June 22, 2022, the Baltimore Ravens released a statement that read: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson. He was a kind and respectful young man with a big smile and an infectious personality. We express our deepest condolences to the Jaylon's family and friends as we mourn a life lost too soon."
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